There are several types of rental units that must be registered with the Berkeley Rent Board, with different requirements and fees. It’s important for owners to understand these differences.
Fiscal Year 2023-24 registration fees were due Monday, July 3, 2023. The Rent Ordinance imposes a 100% penalty on payments not received or postmarked by the due date. See individual registration pages for more information, or you can reach the Registration Unit in the following ways:
Measure MM (Partially Covered Unit) Registration
There are new registration requirements for most units that are partially covered by the Rent Ordinance. These units do not have rent control, but are covered by the good cause for eviction and security deposit interest sections of the Rent Ordinance.
These rental units must now be registered:
- New construction units (units with a certificate of occupancy issued after 1980)
- Most single-family homes
- Most condominiums
The Measure MM Registration page discusses exemptions, fees, and additional information. You can also go straight to the Rent Board's online rent registry.
Fully Covered Unit Registration
These units are covered by the rent control, good cause for eviction, and security deposit interest sections of the Rent Ordinance. After the initial rent is set for a new tenancy, rent increases are controlled by the Annual General Adjustment set by the Rent Board.
Types of fully covered rental units:
- Most units on multi-family properties built before June 1980
- Single-family homes with current tenancies that began before 1996
- Single-family homes with five or more rooms rented out individually with separate leases (each room is considered a unit)
The Fully Covered Unit Registration page discusses exemptions, fees, and additional information. You can also go straight to the Rent Board's online rent registry.
sorority & Fraternity Summer Rental Registration
Sororities and fraternities that rent rooms to non-members during the summer must pay a partial registration fee set by the Board each fiscal year. See the Fraternity & Sorority Summer Rental Registration page for more information.